I decided to start blogging about Jordan from the moment I found out I was pregnant. Jordan was born with a little arm that didn't grow like most babies. Her left arm stopped just above the elbow. Now I'm committed to making sure Jordan gets everything out of life. We feel blessed to be the parents of a very special little girl.


Did she really say that?

Sibling love on a quiltSo I was work today showing off pictures of Jordan and Cam because that is fun to do. A woman in a different part of the building where I work started talking about a photo shoot. She started saying something about using my kids in the photo shoot... when she says something like: "Oh but Jordan isn't 6 months old and her arm...." and she trailed off. Oh yeah, we can't take pictures of my daughter because of her arm. Geez. It took me a good 10 minutes to let that comment soak in.

Randy says I should get used to it. Oh well. Cameron might take part in the photo shoot. He's cute too.

You know, working in an industry that is so image conscious is kind of tough. In the TV news business, your job is to deliver information. You don't want to put anything on the air that turns the viewer's attention away from the topic. Jordan's arm would pull the viewer's attention away... Unless the video was about her arm. That's why the broadcast news industry has that underlying pretentiousness. We need the viewer to see a consistency of performance so they can pay attention to the information and not the person or people who are presenting the news. Jordan is special enough to always show a cosmetic difference. No need to hide it. But we may not be able to put her in front of a camera all the time because we won't be able to convey the intended message. In this image-conscious culture, that's not easy for me to swallow.

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